Ant – A Modern & Flat GTK Theme for Linux Desktops

Ant Theme for Linux Desktops
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Sorry, customization buffs. It has been a while since I wrote on any themes and that is because I haven’t seen anyone that I think is worth telling you all about yet. But yesterday, I came across a beautiful GTK theme that I can’t seem to get enough of. It’s called Ant.

Ant is a flat GTK theme that looks like a unity of Arc, Adapta, and Numix. It is based on the modern desktop theme suite, EvoPop and thus its mostly flat look with a minimal use of shadows to illustrate depth.

It is available in 3 color variants:

  • Ant – light color scheme, with red highlight.
  • Ant Dracula – dark color scheme with pink highlight and green accents.
  • Ant Bloody – a mix of dark and light schemes with red highlights and green accents.
Ant Themes for Linux

Ant Themes for Linux

Features in Ant

  • Minimalist design
  • Shadows for depth
  • Requires Gtk 3.20+

It’s obvious that the window controls in all three variants are macOS-inspired. I imagine some Linux users wouldn’t like it but I do. It fits the flat and minimalist design in my opinion.

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If you are down with how Ant looks then here are the steps to set it up on your workstation:

  • Download your preferred variant from GNOME-Look.
  • Extract the zip file to the ~/.themes/ directory in your Home folder
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To set the theme in Gnome, run the following commands in Terminal,

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme "Ant"
$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme "Ant"

Alternatively use GNOME/Unity Tweak Tool to select Ant theme.

How much do you like Ant theme? Can we add it to our list of the most beautiful themes available for Linux? Drop your thoughts in the comments section.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

  • Jesse Afolabi

    ugh, so much sexy..

  • Jesse Afolabi

    can’t stop drooling…ughhh

  • Sameed Shaikh

    Will it work on gnome centos 7

    • Martins Divine Okoi

      I don’t know. It should though.

      You gotta try it to confirm.

  • You Mace Chaudhary

    i dont get the variants?

  • Ishan Kumar

    How do I install it on Ubuntu 17.10 which uses wayland ?

    • Martins Divine Okoi

      With the commands listed above.
      Have you tried them on your machine yet?

      • Ishan Kumar

        It worked. Sorry for disturbing you. Although can you please explain what the second command does?

        • Martins Divine Okoi

          That’s alright.

          I think the second command sets the default desktop settings.

  • Telmo Henrique Valverde

    Hey, man. Nice post. Could you consider providing more screenshots in your articles though? Maybe a slideshow widget would do well, since it wouldn’t really pollute the screen.